Monday, April 23, 2018
Grosse Pointe Public School System
Position Details: 

The Grosse Pointe Public School System, one of the premier suburban school districts in Wayne County, Michigan, seeks an extraordinary instructional leader, with a deep understanding of teaching and learning in the twenty-first century, to serve as principal of Maire Elementary School.


The candidate must show evidence of proven success in the following areas:

  • Commits to the belief that each stakeholder in the school community deserves to be given individual attention and to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Understands the unique nature and importance of elementary education.
  • Embraces diversity and understands how to engage all stakeholders in the school community.
  • The ability to closely monitor teaching practices and ensure both rigor and best practice is occurring in all classrooms.
  • Designs opportunities to empower students, staff and parents to be integrally involved in all aspect of the school's culture and climate.
  • Commits to high visibility and daily communication with all stakeholders using multiple forms of communication.
  • Understands the complexities and nuances of hiring, evaluating, inspiring, and mentoring all staff members to exceed expectations.
  • Analyzes and shares student data and educational research as the foundational principles of Professional Learning Communities.
  • Models and articulates high expectations
  • Networks with county, state, national and international organizations to assure updated knowledge of best practices and teaching and learning in the 21st Century.
  • Meets regularly with parents, students and staff to assist in meeting the needs of the diverse group of learners at Maire Elementary School.
  • Understands the school's responsibility to prepare students for their futures in this rapidly changing global society.
  • Embraces change and innovation and is able to envision and actualize learning beyond the traditional walls of the classroom and the school.
  • Implements character education principles into all facets of the school community.
  • Empowers all staff, students and parents to be integrally involved in all aspects of the school community.
  • Participates and leads various processes to meet the needs of individual learners such as 504 meetings, IEP meetings, MTSS meetings and child study meetings.


The candidate selected for this assignment will be the one who offers the best combination of qualities in accordance with the following standards and requirements:
1.   The minimum level of education is a master's degree.  Training should include areas of school administration, supervision, curriculum, and child development.
2.   A minimum of three years' administrative experience or substantial experience at the elementary school level in a variety of leadership roles is preferred.
3.   Evidence of the candidate's ability to provide quality leadership must be demonstrated through:
•         excellent communication skills;
•         a strong sense of honesty and integrity;
•         strong problem solving skills;
•         the ability to use a variety of leadership styles including both the situational and collaborative styles;
•         skill and sensitivity in working with all members of the school community;
•         skill in creating a positive, open, enthusiastic and well-organized teaching and learning environment;
•         skill in fostering the continued growth of staff members; and
•         a commitment to community education concepts.
4.     Candidates must be eligible to obtain a valid Michigan administrative certificate.

(Please note that the interviewing committee and/or the superintendent have the right to further define qualifications.)


  • Ability to stand and walk over 60% of the work day in order to supervise students during change of classes and during lunch periods, walk between classrooms to observe instruction and rotate throughout the school complex on a regular basis.
  • Ability to sit up to 40% of the day in meetings, and to sit/stand several times in short periods of time while moving between classroom and sitting for short intervals of instructional observation.
  • Ability to walk up and down stairs throughout the day, and walk up/down bleachers or other stepped surfaces while supervising students or extracurricular events.
  • Must be able to work up to 12 hours in a day, which include the full school day and then during after school extra-curricular activities where administrative supervision and involvement is required.


Starting date as negotiated

  • Work year: 11 months
  • Compensation: in accordance with Grosse Pointe Administrators Association Master Agreement


Visit our website at www.gpschools.org and complete the online application to initiate the application process. Please electronically attach or send the following materials:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Credential File (or 3 letters of recommendation)
  • A copy of your transcripts

Addressed To:
M. Jon Dean,
Deputy Superintendent of Educational Services
Grosse Pointe Public School System
389 St. Clair
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230

Applications will be accepted until the successful candidate is identified. To be guaranteed full consideration, please respond before the internal closing date of April 23, 2018.
Screening interviews will begin May 1, 2018 with a recommendation for hire to the Board scheduled for May 14, 2018.
The successful candidate must meet the State standard for a clear criminal history and provide mandated fingerprint clearance.